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Supreme Court Appears Ready to Rule for Police in Traffic-Stop Case
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Appears Ready to Rule for Police in Traffic-Stop Case
2019-11-05 22:00:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday appeared to accept that it was reasonable for police to pull over a vehicle registered to someone with a suspended driver's license despite their not knowing who was driving the vehicle at the... Read More

North Carolina Begins Process of Redrawing District Maps
Political News
North Carolina Begins Process of Redrawing District Maps
2019-11-05 21:53:48
by Dan McCue

North Carolina lawmakers convened Tuesday afternoon to take the first procedural steps to draw new congressional maps in time for use in the 2020 elections. In all, 18 Republicans and Democrats turned out for a committee meeting at the General... Read More

In Blow to Trump, Sondland Changes Testimony
In The News
In Blow to Trump, Sondland Changes Testimony
2019-11-05 21:22:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House investigators released hundreds of pages of testimony from two top diplomats Tuesday, including a bombshell: revised testimony from one of the men in which he admits he told a top Ukrainian official the country likely would not... Read More

Bats Live Mostly Out of Sight and Out of Mind. But Their Falling Numbers Are a Reason to Look Up and Worry, Scientists Say
Environment
Bats Live Mostly Out of Sight and Out of Mind. But Their Falling Numbers Are a Reason to Look Up and Worry, Scientists Say

CHICAGO — It’s the time of year when ghouls and goblins, mummies and monsters are out in force. But unlike many Halloween creatures, bats live in more than the imagination, making their homes in caves and hollowed-out trees in Illinois... Read More

Rural and Safety Net Hospitals Prepare for Cut in Federal Support
Health
Rural and Safety Net Hospitals Prepare for Cut in Federal Support

WASHINGTON — Absent action by Congress in the next three weeks, Dr. Michael Waldrum, CEO of Vidant Health, is going to have to figure out what medical services to deny hard-pressed communities in rural eastern North Carolina. “It runs the... Read More

She Moved Overseas for School, and Stayed for Insulin
Health
She Moved Overseas for School, and Stayed for Insulin

HAMBURG, Germany — Every now and then, Katie West considers returning to the United States. She moved to Germany for graduate school three years ago and now works as a health systems researcher in Hamburg. Her family is an ocean... Read More

Justices Hear Copyright Case Involving Pirate Ship
Supreme Court
Justices Hear Copyright Case Involving Pirate Ship
2019-11-05 20:49:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court  traded "Oyez!" for "Ahoys" Tuesday morning as they grappled with a modern-day dispute over the pirate Blackbeard's flagship. The Queen Anne's Revenge went down off North Carolina's coast more than 300 years ago and lay... Read More

Justices Struggle to Solve 'Puzzle' of Ambiguous Immigration Law
Immigration
Justices Struggle to Solve 'Puzzle' of Ambiguous Immigration Law
2019-11-05 20:46:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court struggled on Monday to sort out ambiguities in the Immigration and Nationality Act related to when a noncitizen can apply for cancellation of a removal order. The case before the court... Read More

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Thousands Turn Out As White House Honors Washington's Nationals
2019-11-05 20:41:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump couldn't help himself. Though he appeared to be in a festive mood as he welcomed the World Series Champion Washington Nationals to the South portico of the White House, the impeachment inquiry transpiring a few... Read More

House Releases First Depositions in Trump Impeachment Inquiry
In The News
House Releases First Depositions in Trump Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — House committees that have conducted the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump behind closed doors for the last six weeks released the first two transcripts of witness testimony Monday even as four other White House officials defied subpoenas... Read More

Trump Not Immune From Manhattan DA’s Demand for Tax Returns, Federal Appeals Court Rules
Law
Trump Not Immune From Manhattan DA’s Demand for Tax Returns, Federal Appeals Court Rules

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump is not entitled to Oval Office immunity that would block Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. from obtaining copies of his tax returns, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 34-page ruling by the... Read More

Trump Administration Begins Formal US Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement
Climate
Trump Administration Begins Formal US Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration gave official notice Monday that it will pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, a long anticipated move and a significant step in America’s retreat as an environmental leader. Despite the president’s... Read More

Georgia Purge List Scrutinized for Voter Registration Removals
Voting
Georgia Purge List Scrutinized for Voter Registration Removals

ATLANTA — As Georgia election officials prepare to erase 313,243 registrations, several groups say they’re concerned that legitimate voters will be swept up in the purge. The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia identified 70 people Monday who it says... Read More

Katie Hill’s Office Receives White Powder in Envelope, But it Tests Negative for Harmful Toxins
In The News
Katie Hill’s Office Receives White Powder in Envelope, But it Tests Negative for Harmful Toxins

LOS ANGELES — Following Democratic Rep. Katie Hill’s resignation over allegations of a sexual relationship with a staffer and a campaign aide, the freshman lawmaker’s Palmdale office received a suspicious envelope Monday containing a white powder that was determined to... Read More

Whistleblower’s Lawyer Offers GOP Chance to Question Client
Political News
Whistleblower’s Lawyer Offers GOP Chance to Question Client

WASHINGTON — The lawyer for the whistleblower behind the report that sparked a House impeachment inquiry said he’s offering Republicans the chance to question his client directly — but only in writing. Mark S. Zaid said on Twitter Sunday that... Read More

Pelosi Sets High Bar for Impeachment Inquiry: ‘Ironclad’ Proof
In The News
Pelosi Sets High Bar for Impeachment Inquiry: ‘Ironclad’ Proof

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, offering her most expansive view of the impeachment probe to date, said she decided to advance the inquiry into President Donald Trump after his phone call with Ukraine’s leader provided her with the “clarity”... Read More

They Were Hostages in Iran for 444 days. Decades later, They’re Waiting for Compensation
Geopolitics
They Were Hostages in Iran for 444 days. Decades later, They’re Waiting for Compensation

LOS ANGELES — Dorothea Morefield was sipping coffee at her kitchen counter when a call came in: Iranian students protesting outside the U.S. Embassy in Tehran had stormed the building, a State Department official told her. Her husband, Richard, the... Read More

In Good Humor, Jimmy Carter Returns to Sunday School After Fall
In The News
In Good Humor, Jimmy Carter Returns to Sunday School After Fall

ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter returned to his Sunday school class in good humor, even as he pondered his own mortality less than two weeks after fracturing his pelvis in a fall. Carter, 95, spoke for his usual 40... Read More

Trump Says China Trade Deal Will Be Signed Somewhere in US
Trade
Trump Says China Trade Deal Will Be Signed Somewhere in US

WASHINGTON — The “Phase One” trade deal with China, once completed, will be signed somewhere in the U.S., President Donald Trump told reporters on Sunday at the White House. Trump had previously suggested Iowa, the largest U.S. corn and hog... Read More

Beto O'Rourke Ends 2020 Presidential Bid
2020 Elections
Beto O'Rourke Ends 2020 Presidential Bid
2019-11-01 22:06:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke announced Friday evening that he's dropping his bid for Democratic presidential nomination. O'Rourke tweeted Friday that his campaign "has always been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly, and acting decisively." He writes, "In that spirit:... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Agricultural Workers Bill
Immigration
Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Agricultural Workers Bill
2019-11-01 22:03:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Problem Solvers Caucus, a group dedicated to finding bipartisan consensus on important issues, has endorsed a bill to extend earned visa status to individuals who can show they've been regularly employed as an agricultural laborer in... Read More

Supreme Court To Review SEC’s Right To Seek Disgorgement
Supreme Court
Supreme Court To Review SEC’s Right To Seek Disgorgement
2019-11-01 20:47:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case challenging the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s authority to seek disgorgement in fraud cases. Last year federal regulators recouped $2.5 billion in ill-gotten proceeds from securities fraud. But on... Read More

WTO Says China Can Impose Sanctions On $3.5B Worth Of US Goods
Trade
WTO Says China Can Impose Sanctions On $3.5B Worth Of US Goods
2019-11-01 20:38:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The World Trade Organization said Friday that China can place new trade sanctions on $3.5 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for U.S. restrictions on Chinese furniture, steel products and solar panels. The award by an arbitration panel... Read More

'Tremendous Degree of Variation' Seen in Members Use of Social Media
Social Media
'Tremendous Degree of Variation' Seen in Members Use of Social Media
2019-11-01 20:28:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite recent controversies around social media, members of Congress are using the platforms as much if not more than ever before to reach out to constituents -- and no one approach applies to all, a Capitol Hill panel... Read More

Friend or Foe? Washington Is Vexed by an Uninvited Visitor
Architecture
Friend or Foe? Washington Is Vexed by an Uninvited Visitor

WASHINGTON — Even in an intrigue-filled capital accustomed to shadowy visitors with vague intentions, one that recently took up residence at a very fancy address here is particularly unnerving. It arrived without warning and refuses to leave. It moves slowly... Read More

Federal Authorities Struggle to Counter ‘Sextortion’ Trend
Crime
Federal Authorities Struggle to Counter ‘Sextortion’ Trend

MINNEAPOLIS — Barton Scott found the girl on Snapchat. He pretended to be her friend and persuaded her to give up her password. Then Scott took what he really wanted: the photos marked “My Eyes Only.” Scott, in his mid-30s... Read More

US Trash Is Treasure in Indonesian Village
Waste
US Trash Is Treasure in Indonesian Village

BANGUN, Indonesia — Few Americans have heard of this village, wedged between peanut farms and a paper mill on the island of Java. But the people here have gained an intimate familiarity with the United States — by rooting around... Read More

Justice Department Changed Hiring to Promote Restrictive Immigration Judges
Immigration
Justice Department Changed Hiring to Promote Restrictive Immigration Judges

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has quietly changed hiring procedures to permanently place immigration judges repeatedly accused of bias to a powerful appellate board, adding to growing worries about the politicization of the immigration court system. Documents obtained through... Read More

New Report Shows Private Equity's Positive Impact on U.S. Economy
Economy
New Report Shows Private Equity's Positive Impact on U.S. Economy
2019-11-01 17:40:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Private equity sector is playing a positive role in the U.S. economy, supporting more than 26 million jobs while accounting for about 5% of the nation's gross domestic product, according to a new report. The analysis comes from... Read More

Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Election Despite Alleged Missing Votes
State News
Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Election Despite Alleged Missing Votes

ATLANTA — The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Thursday that there wasn’t enough evidence to further dispute last year’s election for lieutenant governor, which had inexplicably low vote totals. An election can’t be overturned based solely on unusual vote counts in... Read More

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